The facelifted Kia Picanto has been revealed in South Korea, sporting choice updates inside and out.
The refreshed version of the firm’s third-generation Picanto – or “Morning” as it’s known in its domestic market – gains a new interpretation of Kia's signature tiger-nose grille, along with redesigned headlamps (complete with a fresh lighting signature) and an updated front bumper housing revised foglamps.
Round back, you’ll notice a more intricately designed bumper, along with new taillamps and what appears to be a pair of faux-tailpipes. As is the norm, the mid-cycle update also includes new wheel designs.
Inside, the Korean-spec hatchback gains both a new 4,2-inch colour multi-information display as well as a larger, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system. In addition, Kia has rolled out new driver assistance features (in its domestic market, that is), including rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning.
From what we understand, the naturally aspirated 1,0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine has been tweaked slightly, now offering 56 kW (as opposed to the current SA-spec model’s 49 kW) and improved fuel economy. It’s not yet clear whether Kia has made any changes to the 1,2-litre four-pot nor when the updated model is due in South Africa.
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